The images inside this issue reaffirm for anyone who has traveled
the state: We live in a benevolent region of the world. Virginia,
by geographic good fortune, has plenty to brag about — rich habitat for
black bears to roam her mountains, for whitetails to browse her fields,
and for feisty cobia to migrate into her storied Chesapeake. It's no sur-
prise, then, that the annual photography contest showcasing the
breadth of Virginia's natural beauty remains one of our most popular
endeavors. We receive requests for copies of the March magazine well
after the fact, and online orders remain strong throughout the year.
Captivating photographs in any realm, but especially those about
nature, tend to calm our oudook on the world. A stunning image takes
our words away, leaving us to simply stare and soak it all in. When life
seems out of control, as it often does to me these days, a scene of a bu-
colic landscape or the penetrating stare of a wild animal soothes my
mind. It can hold me transfixed in its narrative of truth or even trans-
port me to another time and place. It tells me that things are "still work-
ing right" out there, that the world I know is still intact. In either case, I
am jarred by its impact and, however temporary, filled with a burst of
It was therefore great fiin to review all of the images, including the
photographs submitted in the newest category. Patterns & Textures —
which generated a huge response from our readers. Those photos speak
to the rhythms and repetitions we find routinely in nature. One cannot
spend but a few minutes afield without seeing these grand patterns — in
the coat of a red fox, in the feathers of a blue jay, in the handiwork of an
orb spider, in the cells of a honeycomb. I could go on and on, of course.
Famous naturalist and author Annie Dillard writes in her 1974
seminal work, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, about learning to see things in
nature: "Intricacy is that which is given from the beginning, the
binhright, and in intricacy is the hardiness of complexity that ensures
against the failure of all life. This is our heritage, the piebald landscape of
time. We walk around; we see a shred of the infinite possible combina-
tions of an infinite variety of forms."
Many of us walking around did not enter this contest but still
enjoy spending time behind the camera lens. Others, for varied reasons
of circimistance, may not own a camera but deeply value nature and
wildlife photography nonetheless. Wherever you come down in this
equation, I suspect that Annie Dillard is right and that you, like me, are
on a journey to learn how to see. It is indeed a journey that opens our
minds to nature's infinite possible combinations of textures and pat-
terns; one that leaves us gasping in appreciation for the intricacies of
life — in all of its forms — all about us. And it is a journey of hope: about
the present, about the future, about our brief time here on Earth.
Sally Mais, Editor
To manage Virginia's wildlife and inland fish to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth;
To provide opportunity for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and related outdoor recreation and to work diligently to safeguard the
rights of the people to hunt, fish and harvest game as provided /or in the Constitution of Virginia; To promote safety for persons and prop-
erty in connection with boating, hunting and fishing; To provide educational outreach programs and materials that foster an awareness of
and appreciation for Virginia's fish and wildlife resources, their habitats, and hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities.
Dedicated to the Conservation of Virginia's Wildlife and Natural Resources
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GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Congratulations go to William Groah of
Stuarts Draft for winning the coveted GRAND
PRIZE in this year's competition, the front
cover of the magazine! His delightful, yet
beautifully eerie, photograph of two fledgling
barn owls was taken in a silo in Fishersville.
William reports that the parents of these
youngsters have successfully raised owls for
several years, and these are two of the three
raised in 2011. The judges felt that the in-
triguing textures of the birds'feathers and the
silo wall, the lovely composition, and the
warm browns of the engaging owls would
make a fabulous cover We hope you agree.
Way to go, William!
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 digital camera,
KIDS' GR.VND PRIZE
Ian Bverly, age 1 6
Congratulations go to Ian Byerly of Rural
Retreat for his alert tufted titmouse perched
on a pine branch. Originally photographed
fora school competition in which he came in
second place, lan's bird wins big this time,
running away with the coveted Grand Prize
Back Cover What an awesome win, Ian!!!
Canon EOS SOD DSLR camera. Canon 180mm
lens, ISO 640, l/400th,f/5.6.
8 UNDER THE SURFACE
12 GONE FISHING
14 FURR^' CRITTERS
22 A DOG'S LIFE
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24 PATTERNS & TEXTURES
29 kids & CAMERAS
by Lynda Richardson
As I walked into the magazine office
over the December holiday break,
the room was aflutter with people
moving chairs around a table holding a seri-
ously large Mac Pro monitor. An extension
cord was in place for the external hard drive
that held all of the contest entries — already
separated into categories (thanks Kim!).
There were a lot of images to go
through, 1 ,244 to be exact, but this number
was down from last year. We weren't really
surprised, since we had decided to experi-
ment by changing some of the contest cate-
gories this time around.
Our first, collective reaction: "Hmmm,
maybe we should bring back the popular cat-
egory, A Bug's Life. . . What do you think? "
As usual, the biggest categories were:
Birds (316), followed by Landscapes (242),
and the new category, Patterns & Textures
(238). We were really delighted by the cre-
ativity in the awesome collection of photo-
graphs submitted to Patterns & Textures so
we added more honorable mention awards,
as you wiO see.
The other categories broke down as fol-
lows: Furry Critters (178), Under the Surface
(105), and the rest had around 50 submis-
sions each, except for A Dog's Life — ^which
only received 1 5 entries. That surprised all of
Over two full days, the judges scruti-
nized image afi:er image while trading opin-
ions about the work. As you can imagine, it is
pretty tough to whitde down hundreds of
photographs to three placements and a few
honorable mentions per category.
We all loved Front Cover Grand Prize
Winner William Groah's barn owl image.
The gorgeous texture and colors combined
with a lovely composition, lighting, and the
young owls' engaging contact with the viewer
was a no-brainer for this year's cover! And
look at 16-year-old Ian Byerly's perky and
pensive titmouse that made a fantastic Kids'
Grand Prize Winner back cover! Speaking of
kids.... how about those Shank boys? They
cleaned up with first, second, and a tie for
third with their incredible bird photography.
I'll bet their dad is proud!
If you weren't a winner this year, make
sure you consider these possible reasons:
Something we saw over and over again were
photographs that had been shot at high ISOs
and were therefore very noisy (grainy). Also,
there were images that had obviously been
cropped from larger photographs, blown up,
and overly sharpened. Lastly, some images
were so saturated that I suspect these photog-
raphers may need to have their monitors cali-
brated. All of these problems resulted in
images that would not reproduce well in the
magazine, so they were unfortunately dis-
There were many phenomenal photo-
graphs submitted, and I woiJd love to com-
ment on all of them. Since there isn't enough
space to do so here, what I can do is use up-
coming Photo Tips columns to address topics
that may be helpfiil to you in capturing even
better images in the fiiture.
It is our hope that you will spend time
enjoying these 64 winning photographs. As
you might imagine, much planning, time,
hard work, creativity, and patience went into
each and every one. So look and be inspired!
Grab your camera and go out to the forests,
marshes, rivers, mountains, and fields of our
great state and capture your award-winning
photographs! You never know; you could be
the next winner in the Virginia Wildlife An-
nual Photography Contest! Happy Shooting!
by Mary Moore of Midlothian, tufted titmouse
SPECIAL NOTE: The staff of Virginia Wildlife maga-
zine and I are extremely thankful for the generous
and loyal support of Ted Bullard, president and
owner of Richmond Camera and Richmond Profes-
sional Lab. When you are seeking photographic
services, please show your support and consider
Richmond Camera and Richmond Professional Lab
for your needs. Thank you, Ted!
STAY TUNED for information about next year's
photography contest. The timing of the contest,
and possibly the format, will change. As soon as
we nail down the details, the information will
be posted on the Virginia Wildlife web page, at:
But don't let this slow you down. Keep your
camera handy and your shutter finger nimble
throughout the coming year by taking lots of
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Julia E. Connelly
Big Meadows, Julia's favorite spot in Shenandoah National Park, never fails
to supply her with fabulous photographic opportunities. For this stunning
image, Julia reports that she was working to isolate the interesting shapes,
patterns, and colors ofthis favorite group oftrees. Congratulations, Julia!
Nikon D80 DSLR camera, Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 micro lens, IS0 160, 1/40th,
f/1 3.0 on tripod.
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On April Fool's Day, a brief snow storm hit Big Meadows
in Shenandoah National Park and Patricia was there to
capture this beautiful image. I love how the clouds in
the background mimic the color and shape of the
snow-dusted tree. Awesome, Patricia!
Nikon D90 DSLR camera, Nikkor 70-300mm lens,
ISO 200,1 /400th, f/1 4.0.
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Aftera day of photographing shorebirds at Chincoteague National Wildlife
Refuge, Dane captured the end of the day in a gorgeous sunset. Wow!
Nikon D90,Tokina12-24mmf/4.0lens, ISO 400,1/60th,f/n.O.
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Fall foliage adds fiery colorto this tranquil scene ofthe Devil's Bathtub at Fort Blackmore in Scott County. Nice work, Harold!
Nikon D700 DSLR camera, Nikkor 35mm lens, ISO 200, 2.5 second exposure, f/16.0.
A swirl of red maple leaves against a rich blue sky makes this intriguing
and creative image a winner! Totally cool!
Canon EOS Rebel Tl i DSLR camera, 1 0-24mm lens, ISO 1 00, 1 /1 600, f/3.5.
Black and white was a great choice for this dramatic shot ofthe overlook
at Raven's Roost on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Powerful!
Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera, Canon 24-1 05mm f/4.0 L USM lens,
ISO 100, 20 seconds, f/14.
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A smiling Northern water snake carries its catfish meal to a
safer dining location. Mark captured this surprising and rare
momentfrom his kayakatAlgonkian Park in Sterling.
Awesome photograph, Mark!
Canon E0S40D DSLR camera, Canon 24-1 05mm IS USM lens,
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With only the tops of their heads breaking the
surface, this pair of amorous toads rests amid the
efforts of their affairwhich can be seen, just
below the surface. Great spotting, Sandra!
Canon EOS 40D DSLR camera, Canon EF 70-
300mm lens, ISO 400, 1/500th,f/5.0.
Wayne Wolfer sberger
Aspot of sun lights upa bullfrog enjoying the water at
Huntley Meadows Park in Fairfax County. Nice!
Nikon D300 DSLR camera, Nikkor 200-400mm lens with
1 .7X teleconverter, ISO 200, 1 /1 25th, f/8.0, on a tripod.
As the waters ofthePiankatank River near Deltaville warm up,
jellyfish become abundant and found just below the surface.
Using a long lens, Keith captured this elegant photograph of a lacy
looking jellyfish. Beautiful!
Canon EOS 1 D Mark III, Canon 300mm f/2.8 lens with
1 .4X teleconverter, ISO 400, 1 /1 600, f/4.0.
A young Northern water snake peaks out of the water and
tests the air at Craig's Creek in New Castle. Cute!
Nikon D40x, Nikkor55-200mm lens, ISO 400, l/60th,f/5.3.
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A Northern water snake pauses while
hunting along a creek at Lewis Ginter
Botanical Garden. I love the blur of water
in the background. Cool shot, Vickie!
Olympus C765 Ultra Zoom point-and-
shoot digital camera, ISO 64, l/60th, f/3.5.
Rising up from the depths of Clay Pond at
Great Falls Park, this bullfrog peers through
a protective covering of duckweed, making
for an interesting combination of texture,
light, and color. Great job. Bill!
Nikon D300 DSLR camera, Nikkor 300mm
f/2.8VR lens, Nikon TC20teleconverter,
ISO 200, l/20th,f/9.0 on tripod.
Small fish gather to nibble algae on
the back of a slider swimming at
Huntington Park. Lovely detail of a
below-the-surface moment, Aaron!
Nikon D5000 DSLR camera, Nikkor 55-
300mm lens, ISO 500, 1 /1000th, f/7.1 .
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A father and his color-coordinated daughter (I love that pink rod and reel
combination!) enjoy a trout fishing trip in Reston. Great composition, color,
and a delightful moment captured forever! Congratulations, Jim!
Canon EOS IDMarkVI DSLR camera, 100mm lens, ISO 1250, 1/800th,f/5.6.
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SECOND P LACE
A kayaking fisherman paddles into the
reflections of an evening sunset on the
Potomac River nearAlgonkian Park
in Loudoun County. Gorgeous photo-
Canon EOS 40D DSLR camera, Canon
"A proud kingfisher inspects the many failed attempts of a less proficient species,"
writes winner Rob about this photograph he took on the bank of the James River
in downtown Richmond. AcleverlookatGone Fishing, Rob! Waytogo!
Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera. Canon 400mm lens, ISO 200, 1 /800th, f/7.1 .
Two retirees enjoy a relaxing day of good old fashioned fishing at Lake Shenandoah
in Massenetta Springs. What a lovely and tranquil bygones scene! Good job, Zelia!
Nikon D7000 DLSRcamera, Nikkor 18-105mm lens, ISO 250, 1/125th, f/4.5.
MARCH 2012 13
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This stunning image of a whitetail buck racing across a
Chincoteague marsh at sunset grabbed the judges' attention
for its gorgeous light, lovely composition, and dramatic stop
action. Congratulations go to Jose for this awesome
Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera. Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS USM lens
with 1.4Xteleconverter, ISO 400, 1 /640th, f/5.6.
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A black bear making its way through a forest near Big
Meadows in Shenandoah National Park wanders through
a spider web, pausing long enough to have its unique and
intriguing portrait taken. Wonderful shot, David!
Canon EOS 40D DSLR camera, Tamron 200-400mm lens,
A cute little gray squirrel pauses in
alarm, captured in this beautifully lit
portrait. This is a great example of
how using natural backlighting and
fill-flash can really make an image
outstanding. Good job, Bill!
Nikon D300 DSLR camera, NikkorVR
300mm f/2.8G lens with NikonTCil
f/8.0 with SB-800 flash.
MARCH 2012 15
Blowing Rock, NC
As the glowing light of a fall evening spread across Big Meadows in
Shenandoah National Park, a ten-point buck spots the photographer
shooting his portrait. Fabulous image, Jim!
Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera. Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 IS USM lens,
ISO 200,1 /500th, f/4.0.
As a cottontail relaxes in a dirt bed, ears
red from the backlight make for a
winning shot. Wonderful!
Canon EOS D60 DSLR camera. Canon EF
70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens, IS0 1000,
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Hiding in the grass, a red fox pup thinks about its next meal.
Canon EOS SOD DSLR camera, Canon 1 00-400mm
f/4.5-5.6L IS lens, ISO 500, 1 /2000th, f/5.6.
A Delmarva fox squirrel chows down on fresh spring blossoms
by the Wildlife Loop at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
Nikon D300 camera, Sigma 300mm f/2.8 lens with Sigma
teleconverter, ISO 800, 1 /1 00th, f/9.0.
A curious whitetail deer stares at the photographer as fog rolls
across the field behind. What a beautiful moment!
Canon EOS 20D DSLR camera. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens,
ISO 100, l/400th, f/2.8.
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A cedar waxwing enjoys a drink from an icy spot in York River State
Park. Judges were drawn to this image because of the delicate
textures ofthe ice and grass contrasted against the smooth looking
bird. We also noted a wonderful catch light in the black eye, often
very difficult to capture on a bird with a black mask. The tiny drop
of water on the bill added to the delicacy ofthe whole image.
Fabulous photograph, Jerry!
Canon EOS Rebel XTi DSLR camera. Canon EF 100-400mm IS lens,
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A great blue heron bursts from a tree on a
misty day along the river, photographed
from a kayak on the Bull Run in Clifton.
Canon EOS -1 D Mark VI, Canon 200mm
lens, ISO 640, 1/540th,f/5.6.
Wayne Wolfer sberger
Afemale hooded merganserw^atching over her
young created a lovely family gathering on a log at
Huntley Meadows Park. Great composition and
warm light and colors make a delightful scene.
Wonderful moment, Wayne!
Nikon D300, Nikon 200-400mm VR lens with
1 .7mm teleconverter, ISO 800, 1 /1 00th, f/8.0 with
MARCH 2012 19
Kicl(ed out of its nest and rained on, this great
horned owl fledgling was not happy, as you
can see. John reports that the owlet stayed in
the same location in his backyard for two
days before getting soaked. Talk about
adding insult to emotional injury! Even
teenage owls have bad days.
Nikon D90DSLR camera, Nikkor70-300mm
f/4.5-5.6VR lens, ISO 100, 3 seconds, f/22.0.
An aerobatic ruby-throated humming-
bird is frozen in time by seven flash
units — three Nikon SB900s and two
SB800S on the bird and two SB800s to
light up the background. Awesome,
Nikon D700 DSLR camera, Nikkor 200-
400mm f/4.0 lens, ISO 200, l/250th,
f/20.0 with a tripod.
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A glamorous common moorhen
pauses during its daily rounds along
the Bull Run as photographed from a
kayak in Clifton. Gorgeous!
Canon EOS -ID Mark VI, Canon
200mm lens, ISO 640, l/540th,f/5.6.
One November day, the smallest of
Virginia's owls, a Northern saw
whet, is photographed staring into
the forest in the Powhatan W/ildlife
Management Area. Good spotting,
Canon PowerShot SXl 10 IS digital
point and shoot camera, ISO 200,
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Glowing sunlight bathes Winnie, a Hungarian wirehaired vizsia,
during her early morning training session in Loudoun County.
A breed rarely seen in the field, this combination of great light
and composition all came togetherto make this a winner!
Nikon Coolpix P80 digital camera, ISO 64, 1 /1 1 5th, f/4.0.
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Nothing says duck or goose hunting like
a Labrador retriever, a river, and snow.
In this quiet moment, Michael was able
to capture his friend Buddy and an eager
Lab waiting for the birds to show up.
Michael reports that the photograph
wa5"taken with an old Casio (camera)
that is now in the bottom of the river."
Oh well, at least you got one great shot
out of it!
Casio EXILIM Zoom EX-Z70 point and
shoot digital camera, ISO unrecorded,
1/1 60th, f/4.5.
A hard working Brittany hunts at the
edge ofa muddy wetland in King George;
a wetland that Kenneth reports was
created by beavers. Nice shot ofa well-
Canon 7D DSLR camera, Canon 100-
400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, ISO 800,
MARCH 2012 23
Patterns & Textures
Like ornaments on a holiday tree, morning dew decorates a delicate
spider's web in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. This bold image,
originally shot in color and converted to black and white, was the
hands-down favorite illustrating repeated patterns, incredible detail,
and use of light. WOW. Congratulations on an incredible shot, Rob!
Canon EOS Rebel XSi DSLR camera. Canon 100mm macro f/2.8 lens,
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A grove of trees discovered while paddling a kayak
along Bull Run in Clifton at first had judges checking to
make sure the image wasn't a painting. The gorgeous
light, repeated patterns, and the one-third, two-thirds
composition made it a winner! Awesome, Jim!
Canon EOS 1 D Mark VI DSLR camera, 400mm lens,
MARCH 2012 25
Sometimes the best subjects can be
found in your own backyard, as seen
here in Leonora's exquisite icicles.
Strong contrast and intriguing patterns
and color make this photograph a
delight. What an outstanding image!
Nikon D70 DSLR camera, 300mm lens,
no ISO recorded, 1/500th,f/22.0.
Raindrops make repeated patterns
on colorful lily pads found at Otter
Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway in
Amherst County. Gorgeous!
Nikon D7000 DSLR camera, Nikkor
70-300mmf/4.5-5.6 lens, ISO 100,
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Sunlight playing through the trees and a rippling of the
water's surface made for an intricate and unusual combi-
nation of patterns and textures in this photograph. By
usinga polarizer overthe lens, the photographerwasalso
able to reveal the river bottom cutting reflections and
making the image even more intriguing. This photograph
was taken at the Pony Pasture Park along the James River
in Richmond. Great work!
Nikon D7000 DSLR camera, Nikkor 24-1 20mm f/4.0 lens,
ISO 400,1 /250th, f/5.6.
It's amazing that insects can work together to build
such intricate patterns and then fill them with a delicious
treat. This image was taken at a local apiary, winning a
placement for Wendy! Good work!
Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera. Canon EF 100mm Macro
f/2.8USM lens, ISO 250, l/160,f/10.0.
Dramatic in black and white, this seed pod was
photographed in Greenfield Park in Botetourt County.
Nikon D7000 DSLR camera, Nikkor 28-300mm lens,
ISO 200,1 /640th, f/1 3.0.
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Julia E. Connelly
After a bluebird crashed into her front
window and died, Julia paid tribute
to the bird by photographing its
beautiful wings. Fabulous!
Nikon D80 digital SLR camera, Nikon
105mm f/2.8 micro lens, IS0 100,
While sitting on a flower on a back
deck, this butterfly's wing became a
study ofcolor, texture, and patterns.
Canon SOD DSLR camera, 70mm lens,
Sunset on one of New Kent County's
many ponds provided a pastel back-
drop for this water dwelling shrub and
its reflection, replicating a Rorschach
inkblot test pattern. Very cool!
Nikon D7000, Nikon 24-1 20mm f/4.0
lens, ISO 400, 1/250th,f/8.0.
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Kids & Cameras
Allen Shank, age 9
Congratulations go to Allen Shank for his fabulous photograph of a
goldfinch flying from a tree during a migrating warbler scouting trip to
Buchanan County this past April. Awesome shot, Allen!!!
Canon EOS 1 D Mark IV DSLR camera, Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L USM
lens, ISO 3200, 1 /5000th, f/4.0 with a 1 .4X teleconverter.
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Darren Shank, age 1 2
After spotting a red-eyed vireo nest near their driveway,
the Shanl< family set up scaffolding so they could take
turns photographing the nest at eye level. When his
turn came, Darren was able to capture this delightful
moment as the anxious parents looked over their hungry
brood. Wow, Darren!
Canon EOS 1 D Mark IV DSLR camera, 600mm lens, ISO
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Ally Widzinski, age 1 1
A silver-spotted skipper sips on a zinnia
at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, making a
winning shot for Ally. You go, girl!
Nikon D40DSLR camera, Nikkor 55-
200mm f/4.0-5.6 lens, ISO 200,
Shaphan Shank, age 14
A hermit thrush enjoys a red berry,
creating a fabulous shot for Shaphan.
Canon EOS 1 D Mark IV DSLR camera,
600mm lens, ISO 1250, VSOOth,
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Nancy Martin, age 1 2
A big whitetail buck relaxes in
Shenandoah National Park with a
meal of dried grass and Nancy was
there to capture a lovely portrait of
him. Way to go, Nancy!
Canon 7D DSLR camera, Canon EF
Jessee Johnson, age 1 4
Jessee writes that yellow Lab, Jeb, really enjoys his time spent in
the blind. She titled her image,"Happyto be Hunting."
Great shot, Jessee!
Canon EOS Rebel XS DSLR camera. Canon EF SI 8-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
lens, ISO 200, l/100th,f/7.1.
Isaac Alderfer, age 1 2
Seed pods provide support for a tiny spider and its web,
creating a winnerfor Isaac! Beautiful!
Canon PowerShotSXllO-IS point and shoot digital
camera, ISO 80, l/1250th,f/4.5.
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Samantha SimonofF, age 1 5
A mallard duckling photographed in
Fairfax County provided a winner!
Good job, Samantha!
SonyAlphaSLT-A55V digital camera,
ISO 640, 1 /500th, no f/stop recorded.
Joel Cox, age 1 3
While on a bald eagle tour on the
James River near Richmond, Joel was
able to grab this photograph of an
eagle catching a fish. Fish on, Joel!
Canon EOS Digital Rebel DSLR camera,
300mm lens, ISO 400, 1 /2000th, f/5.6.
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While playing together, one squirrel appeared to offer the
other a bit of advice or consoling. Photographer Philip caught
the moment, mentioning that this is one of his favorite images.
We thought it was hilarious and came up with all sorts of cap-
tions — one being, "Son. . . winter's coming soon. What do
you say . . . you and I hit the woods tomorrow?"
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This mallard pair seems to be having a common couple's moment and is
aptly titled by the photographer, "On Deaf Ears." We thought maybe,
"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?!!!!!!!"
Nikon D80, Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6mm lens, IS0 100, 1 /200th, f/5.6.
Kids & Cameras Humor
Samantha SimonofF, age 1 5
We couldn't help but laugh when we saw this smiling buck. Samantha captured
this winning image at Burke Lake Park this past June. What could the buck be
thinking? "My mom told me to be polite and always smile for the camera."
Sony DSC SLT-A55 V digital camera, ISO 200, 1 /500th, no f/stop recorded.
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Tracey writes that her eleven-year-old red beagle loves to poseforthe
camera and gave hera wink, indicating she was ready for the shot.
"Dog-ster Livingston, I presume?"
Nikon D3100, no lens recorded, ISO 3200, l/40th,f/5.6.
Matthias Graber, age 1 5
After shooting a series of images of
this squirrel, a delightful surprise was
discovered, proving that squirrels
really do fly up trees. This great shot
was captured at Cumberland Bowl
1/1 25th, f/5.4.
Below The Surface Humor
"Potomac mermaids"Sreya (left) and daughter Kelly get crazy with some
river grass in the Potomac River in Loudoun County.
Canon Powershot S80, ISO 200, 1/1 25th, f/8.0.
Two young fishermen couldn't resist testing the waters of a swimming
pool with their fishing rods. One can only wonder how the conversation
might go. "I find that a green pumpkin black rubber worm works better
than the purple firetail in these waters." Too cute!
Canon EOS 7D DLSR camera, lens not recorded, ISO 400, 1/1 000th, f/8.0.
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